Sunday, June 20, 2021

How a Conservative Activist Invented the Conflict Over Critical Race Theory

Remote work turned out to be advantageous for people looking to leak information to reporters. Instructions that once might have been given in conversation now often had to be written down and beamed from one home office to another. Holding a large meeting on Zoom often required e-mailing supporting notes and materials—more documents to leak. Before the pandemic, if you thought that an anti-racism seminar at your workplace had gone awry, you had to be both brave and sneaky to record it. At home, it was so much easier. Zoom allowed you to record and take screenshots, and if you were worried that such actions could be traced you could use your cell phone, or your spouse’s cell phone, or your friend’s. Institutions that had previously seemed impenetrable have been pried open: Amazon, the I.R.S., the U.S. Treasury. But some less obviously tectonic leaks have had a more direct political effect, as was the case in July, 2020, when an employee of the city of Seattle documented an anti-bias training session and sent the evidence to a journalist named Christopher F. Rufo, who read it and recognized a political opportunity.


The memo has gone out on Christopher Ruffo. All of his former girlfriends, boyfriends, any abused pets, neglected employers and people who just never liked him should now come forward and see if the great collective cat will eat what they put on the porch. As to Critical Race Theory, what even is it? Is it even a thing? Heavens no! Don't pay any attention to what we are telling your children, for example. That is none of your business. It says so in the Constitution. We'll get to you later.

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You'd think at some point Republicans would get tired of "pouncing". But there is such a target-rich environment, an embarrassing wealth of opportunities, etc.

Posted by: jmod46 | Jun 21, 2021 6:50:00 AM